Optimising your Wi-Fi
Your Wi-Fi modem should be placed in a central location, clear of obstructions and away from other electrical devices that may cause interference.
A number of things can affect your Wi-Fi connection, including;
- Distance from the modem
- Too many devices connected at the same time
- Your surroundings
- Brick or concrete walls
- Iron girders
- Overlapping signals in high density dwellings, such as apartments, flats and units
- Interference from other electrical devices such as microwaves, cordless phones, security cameras, baby monitors, and Bluetooth can also interfere with Wi-Fi signals.
If you suffer from low quality signals and are unable to change the modem position, you can try using a Wi-Fi extender to boost the range of your modem’s wifi signal or change the Wi-Fi channel on your modem.
Securing your Wi-Fi
To keep your Wi-Fi safe and secure, its best practice to use a password:
- Use a mix of lower and uppercase letters plus numbers and punctuation and change it regularly
For extra security, refer to your modem instructions to hide your SSID.
Is it too many devices?
The number of connected devices to your home Wi-Fi can affect its performance, especially when those devices are streaming videos or connected to online games.
If you are experiencing performance issues, try disconnecting devices when not in use to see if it improves.
Also make sure that your device software is up to date, older versions can cause devices to run slowly even on a fast connection.